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New and fun things to do whilst self-isolating

Spending more time at home than we usually do could be put to productive use so here are three suggestions that will keep you occupied and inspired.

Sing out loud with Gareth Malone

If you are member of a choir and missing the weekly practice, then how about registering with Gareth Malone’s Great British Chorus.

The Great British Home Chorus aims to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to a digital music project.

To get involved all you have to do is register and they will email you with all the information you need.  So lubricate those vocal chords and give it a go!

Learn a language

What better way to start thinking about all the holidays you’ll be able to take once this is over than by learning the language of the countries you aim to visit.

Duolingo is a free to download, language learning app where you can spend as little as 10 minutes a day perfecting the language of your choice. There are over 30 languages to choose from and your plan is personalised to your ability across speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Shake those hips

How about learning to shake those hips with this free exercise video for beginners. The combination of music and exercise can help to lift mood and belly dancing really ticks all the boxes.

And not only does belly dancing give your body a good work out, this 45 minute class aims to improve flexibility and core strength too.

Free belly dance video from NHS

Have you taken up something new or do you have any suggestions to share?

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Hi I'm Melina, a mother of 3 teenage children and with a particular interest in all things health related. I run a busy household and smallholding alongside my work with Silversurfers, which currently includes dogs, fish, hens, ducks and pigs!

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Felix1
4th Apr 2020
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Thanks for voting!
Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Wendy
Felix1
2nd Apr 2020
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I don,t feel like doing anything fun or new. Just feels like we are just sitting here waiting to die. My husband and I both have health problems, both over 70. I am unable to get supermarket deliveries, they say I am not on their records as being elderly or at risk. How do they know how old we are or what illnesses we have? Just fed up with it all.
JuneAA
2nd Apr 2020
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If you go to Iceland on line there is a box to tick if you are over 60 or vulnerable, I clicked this 3 times yesterday and when I refreshed the page a bit later I got a slot for today, I have just finished putting it away. Good luck and stay safe.
JuneAA
2nd Apr 2020
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You can also go to Gov.uk and register yourself as vulnerable, there is a check list and they will then liaise with supermarkets and you could also be entitled to a free box of groceries delivered by them.
Felix1
2nd Apr 2020
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Thank you, it helps to know someone is “listening”. I will try Iceland. Take care and God bless.
Felix1
2nd Apr 2020
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I tried but I just could not access their website. Plus, I do not need a free box of groceries and would feel guilty accepting them.
JuneAA
2nd Apr 2020
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You are very welcome - stay safe and take care 🙂
SueB412
3rd Apr 2020
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I understand what you say. Some over 70s are far bigger than, let's say, some 20 year olds. Some 20 year olds are very unfit, whilst some over 70s are running marathons. There again some over 70s have health issues and need a little more care and understanding. It's not an easy situation by a long way. My daughter is stuck inside with 3 small children, the youngest is almost 3 (yes all her own, no twins!) They share a garden and can't get in to it because the neighbours children are always there. My daughter has to make playgrounds in her living room, or painting on the step. I'd suggest you keep in touch with people here. Maybe someone will have an idea to help.
Felix1
3rd Apr 2020
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It must be very hard for families. I was just having a misery! However, something really nice happened yesterday. One of my stepdaughters rang to say she was outside the house. We opened the door to find a collection of treats on the doorstep. My husband and I were so overcome, I bawled my eyes out. It is gestures like that that boosts your morale. Thank you for caring.
SueB412
4th Apr 2020
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Oh wow! What a lovely surprise.
Felix1
4th Apr 2020
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Yes, it was. My husband has ‘discovered’ a few local shops where we can access what we need. Decided to support them in future.
JE
4th Apr 2020
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I am glad you are getting sorted and got a nice little surprise from your stepdaughter which has lifted your spirits. I think that we tend to forget about the little local shops and I have been using ours quite a bit and they have been very good. Not a big range but have most of the essentials needed. Keep trying Iceland if you need to as they are making older and vulnerable people a priority. Good luck and keep safe.

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